7+ Year Member
May 15, 2009
Medical Student

Your help is needed. In order to combat this subspecialty ban we need data about the need for doctors in each of the provinces. We would appreciate some assistance. Are there volunteers from the various provinces and territories who could organize a group to work to get reliable data on the need for doctors in this country. This information is generally available by contacting the medical associations and the provincial physician recruiting agency to get a work up on statistics on things like:
a. How many people in the province are without doctors?
b. What kind of doctors are needed and in what numbers?
c. How old are the doctors in the various disciplines/specialties: age group, average age, etc.
d. What are the waiting lists like? Are the provinces hitting the standard of reasonable care as far as the waiting lists go?
e. Etc.

This is really, really important and we cannot do it all. If the doors to training in the USA are closed, many medical degrees will be withering on the vine. The public should have access to medical care.We would appreciate 13 organizers who could put together a team for each province and territory.

Please email SOCASMA at [email protected]

he important thing is that we get organized and quickly. The fight to rescind this new policy of denying Statements of Needs under Category B requires is everyone's fight. We can't do it alone. Establishing need is the foundation of the argument we need to make to save access to American residency and subspecialty training. If we don't fight the door to American training will close more and more until it is all but gone. We would like to have one person head each province/territory with a team so this can be done quickly. The purpose of this is to show NEED in the provinces. The Ministries of Health which control the number of Statements of Needs that are issued have to act in good faith and in the public interest. They are not fulfilling their mandate if they bash the public interest for the purpose of saving on health care costs by denying the public access to health care.